Doha, November 24 (QNA) – HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP) inaugurated here on Saturday the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station in the Industrial Area in Qatar.
In his keynote speech during the inaugurating ceremony, HE Dr. Al-Sada said: “it is very significant that this inauguration comes in implementation of the directives issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani emphasizing the importance of developing CNG as a fuel for transportation in Qatar. We are very proud to present this facility as a first contribution towards achieving these objectives.”
“We are delighted at the successful completion and commissioning of this facility that will contribute not only to make our clean gas resources available to satisfy our growing domestic fuel needs but also to expand the areas of application of natural gas to the transportation sector where its safety, burning qualities and environmental advantages make it a sustainable and effective alternative to petroleum refined products,” said HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Salah Al-Sada.
HE the Minister of Energy and Industry pointed out that the completion and operation of the said facility will not only contribute to meeting the state’s resources of natural gas to meet the growing needs of the fuel at the local level, but also in the expanding fields of use within the transportation sector.
He further said the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station, is an important accomplishment as it took a record period not exceeding three months to be built , and was developed by Qatar Petroleum (QP) within efforts exerted to study prospects of maintaining the use of such a type of fuel, since Qatar enjoys possessing the third largest stockpile of natural gas in the world, and which is a source of environmentally friendly energy.
HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, who is also Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP) has explained that the experience of this project and the results of the study advisory will commence (QP) completed within the next few days.
The station has been designed and built by QP as a pilot and is part of the feasibility study of using CNG as an alternative fuel for road transport in Qatar.
QP and Mowasalat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in April 2012 in order to jointly evaluate the feasibility of introducing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to fuel public transport vehicles.
Two busses were specially acquired and deployed by Mowasalat for the purpose as part of the CNG pilot scheme and more busses and taxis will follow in the near future.
The pilot facility was built in a record time of less than three months and in accordance with the highest international safety and environmental standards, HE Al Sada said adding that the CNG is considered a green fuel as it emits virtually no particulate matter (soot), and significantly reduced amounts of Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrous Oxides, all of which are harmful to human health or contribute to global warming.
It is noted that the use of Natural Gas in transportation has seen a huge growth in recent years as governments, local authorities and public transport companies are looking to substitute diesel and gasoline with more environmentally friendly fuels to reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality.
CNG buses and taxis are increasingly popular with urban transportation planners and environmental organizations in many parts of the World where their number is growing very rapidly.
The pilot facility will be operated by Woqod. QP, in association with Mowasalat and Woqod will ensure that the experience gained from this pilot project will serve as basis for expanding the CNG network to cover the whole country and to rapidly extend its use to other categories of fleets and vehicles in Qatar. (END)